• Welcome to the Portsmouth School Department's

    Pupil Personnel Services Office

    The Pupil Personnel Services Office is responsible for student services that supplement and support the instructional program for students.


    The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Office works collaboratively with school and District leaders, teachers, students, and families to provide the tools, guidance, supports, and services needed to ensure access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities.

    The PPS Office is responsible for the oversight of:

    • Special Education and Related Services under the IDEA
    • Section 504 for students
    • School Nurse Teachers
    • School Psychologists
    • School Social Workers
    • Speech Language Pathologists
    • School Counselors
    • Child Outreach

    Families are important partners in educating and preparing our Portsmouth students with opportunities for a successful future. Our office looks forward to partnering with you as we strive to assist students to become life ready, college ready, and/or career ready with 21st century skills. 


    Child Outreach/Pre-School Coordinator                           Melville Elementary School

    Deana Dufficy

    Email:  dufficyd@portsmouthschoolsri.org

    Special Education Coordinator                                          Portsmouth Middle & Portsmouth High School

    Brooke Grant

    Email: grantb@portsmouthschoolsri.org

    Student Support Specialist/RBT Supervision                  Hathaway Elementary School

    Elizabeth Birrell

    Email:  birrelle@portsmouthschoolsri.org

    Student Support Specialist                                               Melville Elementary School

    Danielle Laurie

    Email:  lauried@portsmouthschoolsri.org